Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Ida is located about 135 mi…220 km w of Roanoke Virginiam and about 135 mi…215 km ne of Knoxville Tennessee with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

Tropical Depression Kate is located about 895 mi…1440 km ne of the northernLleeward islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 340 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Larry is located about 135 mi…220 km w of Roanoke Virginiam and about 135 mi…215 km ne of Knoxville Tennessee with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

Newsbytes:

USA – Raging flash floods and mudslides caused by the remnants of hurricane Ida swept through parts of Buchanan County, Virginia, on 31 August 2021. More than 20 homes were destroyed in the small community of Hurley situated in a valley along Knox Creek. Around 60 people were evacuated with some taking shelter in a local church.

Thailand – Disaster authorities in Thailand report that heavy rainfall and flooding has affected 10 provinces over the last few days, affecting over 320,000 people mostly in central areas of the country. Much of the foooding was minor and no injuries or deaths were reported as of 31 August 2021.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

The Caldor Fire has scorched 277 square miles (717 square kilometers) since breaking out Aug. 14. After the weekend’s fierce burning, containment dropped from 19% to 14%. More than 600 structures have been destroyed, and at least 20,000 more were threatened. Thousands of people rushed to leave South Lake Tahoe as the entire resort city came under evacuation orders.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Hand, Foot and mouth disease – Brazil

he municipality of Santa Cruz do Sul in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil is reporting the emergence of several cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), caused by the Coxsackie virus, in kindergarten schools.

Dengue Fever – Kenya

Kenya reports 1,210 cumulative cases in Mombasa County as of August 20.

Syphilis – Ireland

Ireland is now reporting 498 early (infectious) syphilis cases since the beginning of the year through August 21. This is a 43 percent increase over last year.